Category Archives: Practice News

My Health Record

Birkenhead Medical Centre has begun to assist patients signing up for My Health Record, a NSW Government initiative.


My Health Record in a national digital health record system. This means your important health information like allergies, medical conditions and treatments, medicine details, test or scan reports can be digitally available in one place.

Healthcare providers like doctors, specialists and hospital staff may be able to see it online from anywhere, at any time, allowing you to get the best possible treatments in times of need, like an accident or emergency.


If you are interested in signing up, or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to speak to the reception staff, nurse or doctors at Birkenhead Medical Centre!

The Shingles Vaccination Program has begun!


Starting November 2016, the Shingles vaccination will be free for all adults from 70 – 79 years of age.

What is Shingles?  It’s a painful blistering rash caused by reactivation of the varicella zoster virus – the same virus that causes chickenpox. The shingles rash occurs when the dormant chickenpox virus is reactivated in the nerve tissue, causing inflammation of the nerves. Sometimes pain in the affected region can be severe and prolonged. When it lasts more than 3 months it is called post herpetic neuralgia (PHN). Other less common complications may include scarring, skin infections, loss of vision or hearing, pneumonia, or neurological complications. It is a vaccine preventable disease through a single dose of the Zostavax®. This can be given to adults 50 years of over.

Please walk-in or make an appointment for the Shingles vaccination.








Women’s Health Check – Pap Smears




If you’re aged between 25 and 69 years and have ever been sexually active you should have regular Pap tests (every 5 years), even if you’ve had the cervical cancer vaccine. Regular Pap tests can reduce your risk of being diagnosed with cervical cancer by up to 96%.

If you are due for a Pap smear, here are a few things you need to know:

Booking a consultation for a Pap smear:
Please advise reception if you would like to have a pap smear. Pap smears require an appointment slot with the Doctor.
For discretion, you can request to have a Women’s Health Check or book it online using Appointuit or our website.

Pap smears incur a private fee.
By the Doctor: Out of pocket cost: $32.90 You pay: $105.70 – Medicare rebate*: $72.80
By the Nurse: Out of pocket cost: $32.90*

Was your last Pap smear more than 4 years ago? Please advise reception and your Doctor.

Questions or concerns? Speak to one of our friendly staff or visit our website

*Nurse Pap Smears only performed on Thursdays & Fridays.

Child Friendly Policy

Birkenhead Medical Centre is a family practice, which is open 7 days a week.

We understand the importance of your child’s health and to demonstrate that their health is important to us too, all children who are under the age of 16 will be bulked billed with an appointment or as a walk in patient. If you have an enquiries please contact the practice.

The Nappy Collective






Birkenhead Medical Centre supports The Nappy Collective.
We collect leftover unused disposable nappies and they distribute them to organisations that assist families in crisis or in need.

Help us support this organisation by donating your unused nappies at our collection box located in our reception area.

The collective dates will be:

10sth- 24th May 2019

For more information, visit The Nappy Collective